For the health and safety of our participants and staff, access to LSM program sessions will be limited to class members, staff, and scheduled speakers and participants.

We are excited to announce that we are moving into our second year of our new Emerging Leaders Program (LEAP)! We are first opening up this nomination opportunity to our amazing LSM grads and current class members and we need your help! We are looking for mid-level professionals who want to enhance their abilities through professional development and plan a progressive career path toward higher positions of leadership. Find out more >>




On April 27, Leadership Southern Maryland kicked off COVID-19 community support efforts with a breakfast delivery to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, providing donuts purchased from Enso Kitchen and healthy start breakfast boxes from Apple Spice Junction.

LSM’s 8th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on June 5 at Breton Bay Golf & Country Club.

The past 12 months have been a time of MAJOR DEVELOPMENT for Leadership Southern Maryland – and we’ve checked off everything on our to-do list! Not only do we have a new office space to call home, but our programming continues to GROW. We couldn’t make these much-needed changes without your ongoing financial support. Please join us by making your gift through our online donation form HERE.   

It’s finally happening! LSM is excited to announce its newest program – LEAP! This program will focus on developing our region’s emerging leaders. To find out more and apply today, click HERE!

LSM’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament was held on June 7 at Breton Bay Golf & Country Club.  Congratulations to this year’s winning team:  Scott Reeves (LSM’14), Wayne Reeves, Michelle Russell LSM’11, & David Edelen.  For pictures from the event, click HERE

On May 2, 2019, the Class of 2019 graduated Leadership Southern Maryland’s Executive Program.

During the first week of April, the Class of 2019 had two opportunities to experience multiculturalism & diversity in Southern Maryland.  They spent April 4 exploring topics related to the theme; then gathered for an evening of comfort food and fellowship at the Diversity Dinner on April 6, hosted by the Class of 2018.

Teens had so many unique experiences at LSM’s Teen Leadership Academy last month!  Activities included a visit to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, an opportunity to interact with volunteer firefighters from Huntingtown and Prince Frederick, and a visit to Washington DC.  They also learned a great deal from guest speakers and from each other through activities that fostered communication and strategic thinking.  Check out photos from the week HERE

LEONARDTOWN, Md. – January 28. 2019: On January 17, 2019, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the fifth of nine educational sessions for the 2018-19 LSM Executive Program – Healthcare. Sponsored by The Chesapeake-Potomac Healthcare Alliance, this one-day event began with a panel discussion on healthcare challenges in Southern Maryland.  The discussion featured presentations by representatives from Calvert Health System, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  The morning also included speakers from Walden Behavioral Health and Health Partners, Inc. 

Following a tour of Health Partners’ Waldorf facility, the class boarded a bus and headed to Recovery Centers of America Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment.  There they learned how the center goes about its mission “to save one million lives, one neighborhood at a time.” After a behind-the-scenes tour at the treatment facility, the Class of 2019 traveled to Sagepoint Senior Living Services for an up-close look at the services they offer to seniors.  While at Sagepoint, the class was given the unique opportunity to participate in a dementia exercise that demonstrated the challenges faced by those coping with memory loss and sensory issues.

The healthcare session also included presentations by Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home Executive Director, Sharon Murphy and Melwood Veteran Services Ourtreach Program Manager, Travis Rahill.  Both speakers shed light on some of the programs and services available to veterans in the region.  A panel discussion on public and community health issues capped off the day and featured the health officers from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. The opioid epidemic, infectious diseases, and the role health departments play in educating the public were just some of the topics covered by the panel.

Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program that educates and inspires a diverse group of current and emerging leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties ensuring a cross-section of the region including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. Applications for the Class of 2020 are being accepted through April 1, 2019.

For more information, please contact Denise Foster, Executive Director, Leadership Southern Maryland, 301-862-7663, via email or visit


 Leadership Southern Maryland is an independent, educational leadership development organization designed to broaden the knowledge base of mid- to senior-level public and private sector executives about the critical issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the region. Leadership Southern Maryland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.